The committee formed by the municipal corporation (MC) in February this year to look for an alternative site for the Sector 7 car bazaar has failed to visit a single site. Moreover, in its first meeting on Friday, held after nearly three months since its formation, the panel passed the buck over the issue to the MC House.
Mayor Poonam Sharma had formed the panel under additional commissioner Sunil Bhatia, with other officers as its members, on February 19 after the House decided to shift the bazaar, as the dealers were opposing the auction of sites at the bazaar and demanding an alternative site.
The committee was to give its report within three months, but in its first meeting the panel recommended that the House should first decide whether the car bazaar has to be shifted or not.
Speaking to HT, Bhatia said: “Let the House first decide whether to shift the car bazaar or not. Moreover, the committee formed earlier had already given its recommendations, but nothing has been done.”
Nominated councillor Major DS Sandhu (retd) said it had already been decided in the House meeting held in February that the MC should look for an alternative site in a time-bound manner. “A committee was constituted and it was told to submit a report within three months, but now after more than two months, it has passed the buck to the House,” he said.
Another nominated councillor Surinder Bahga said: “The UT adviser has rightly pointed out that officials are arrogant and they believe in shirking their responsibility. Why did the committee hold its first meeting after two months, when it is an important matter and under litigation?”
Slamming the MC officials for adopting a lackadaisical attitude, car bazaar association president Gulshan Kumar said they were just delaying the matter. “We met the UT adviser and home secretary on Friday and requested them to provide us with an alternative site at Hallomajra. They have assured us of necessary action,” he said.
PRESENT SITE IS CONGESTED
The Sector 7 market on Madhya Marg, where the car bazaar is organised every Sunday, is not as spacious as other markets. Around 2,000 cars turn up at the bazaar, putting the visitors to a lot of inconvenience.
MC TO AUCTION 60 SITES ON MAY 20
The municipal corporation will hold the auction of as many as 60 sites at the car bazaar of Sector 7 on May 20. A total of 97 dealers have submitted their proposals to participate in the auction. The present dealers are opposing the auction and say they are ready to shift to some other permanent location if all necessary facilities and sufficient parking space is allotted to them.